May 20th, 2010
09:42 PM ET

'Reason to believe' Pakistani Taliban plotting to strike U.S.

U.S. intelligence has strong reason to believe that the Pakistani Taliban is actively plotting to hit interests in the U.S. and American targets overseas, a U.S. official told CNN Thursday.

The concerns about the group that authorities say directed the Times Square bombing plot are coming from multiple streams of information, including from Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bombing suspect, the official said.

The official told CNN that CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Jim Jones relayed the new terror threat information to Pakistan's government on their trip there earlier this week.

The threat information was not down to the level of specific cities, the official said.

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  1. GENERAL MUSHARAF (RETD)

    I American Solider NUke part of Pakistan and not all of it. Tribal belts can go. I could do the work so please go ahead and finish it off once for in all. Let me get back to my Golf now.

    May 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Black

    mainstream media is busy preparing americans for yet another war, a nation thats under trillions of dollars of debt just because of these freakin wars. not a day goes by without atleast one story that alienates americans against muslims. are you kidding me? bunch of cavemen wearing flipflops in 40 below zero conditions are going to come here and invade us? guys wake up and don't let this deception continue, get awayfrom cnn, fox, cbs, NY Times and all other big names with an agenda

    May 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Hof

    Oh, good golly goshers! I thought Islam was a religion of peace. I thought they just wanted to get along with everyone else. Isn't that what the crack(ed) CNN team wanted to believe? Is that what Christiane I'm-not-poor wanted us all to believe? You guys are just figuring this out now? Gee! I'm sure glad CNN is on the case. That will solve everything!

    May 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniel

    I'm not surprised at all about this,These are the people I have always thought would be the ones to slip a nuke into the U.S. The Pakistan Taliban are the ones who would have the best chance of obtaining a nuke if they don't already have one.

    May 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Average American

    That's why the Admiral left. oBAMA has expanded the war, and is not prepared or equipped to fight it. oBAMA is to busy destroying and giving away the US, than he is protecting. The taliban would actually be doing oBAMA a favor if they did.

    May 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. grant

    In other news, the sun is expected to rise from the eastern horizon tomorrow.

    May 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. reddwine

    Well, golly gee whiz. Didnt Mr NumbNuts your president just bow to the Mexican president? He apologized to China last week, the coward.
    Now we are seen as weak, and everyone and their grannies are going to try their hand at us.
    THANK YOU OBAMA !!!!! And you want my guns? Fat chance. I need them to protect my food. I dont have a job, so it doesnt matter about my car, you can have it. When the health care bill kicks in, Im over 50, so Im dead meat anyway.
    THANK YOU OBAMA!!!
    I hope you believe in Karma.

    May 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fanta

    What else is new ? I predicted all this would happen years ago ! Regardless to diplomacy, America and Britain,etc. have to stop treating Pakistan as a friend and ally, because even though the government may be assisting in attempting to restrain and curtail radical fanaticisms and terrorism within Pakistan they do not have the influence and powers of the Imams and ringleaders,etc ! Like all muslim Countries, the facts are children are raised by these religious despots to hate and destroy and whatever a child is raised to believe that's what they believe in and act accordingly ! Until and unless WEstern governments fully understand and realise this, things will never change or improve and the safety and security of America Britain and all Western Countries will be at risk with potential severe consequences !
    THe ONLY answer is a full scale Western invasion and trash cleanup on the Pakistan, Afghanistan border region, we have to show them that WE MEAN BUSINESS !

    fanta.

    May 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Not an Islamic

    To SaraCampbell:!
    You are not fooling anybody with your anglosaxon name you Al Queda Islamic !

    YOU WANT TO SEE THE CARICATURE OF YOUR MOHAMED I HAVE DRAWN??????????

    May 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AntiWar

    We need to move to East a bit more!!!!
    Iraq (No End) --> Afghanistan (No End) -----> Pakistan (DEAD END)

    May 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. will_h

    Probably trying to hit us because they know how politically expedient our over-reactions to terrorism are.

    Everybody gets freaked out screaming for us to implement a police state every time a terrorist fails.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Len

    The root cause of all evil in Islam is Pakistan – the arm-pit of the world. Just Nuke the punks with the " reaspect " that they crave for illogically, after training and financing terrorists !!!

    May 23, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Decent Muslim

    It is indeed amusing to read some of my community’s bizarre reactions on various matters connected to Muslims over different public for a. Being an educated Muslim gentleman, I find this tendency to sweep our own sins and weaknesses under the carpet, instead of learning from our mistakes and correcting ourselves, quite dangerous to our own religious and social development.

    We blame the Americans for creating the Taliban. Really ? Yes, The C.I.A funded us. But who really created the Taliban ? It is we the Pakistanis, who created the Taliban, right here in the Madarassas of our country. We could have asked the Americans to go to hell and refused their money at that time. But we did not. Our greed and foolishness got the better of our intelligence. Now those Taliban dogs are biting the hand that fed them. Who is responsible ? It is certainly ourselves. Not the Americans.

    We blame the Indians for any and everything going wrong in our country. From the economic mismanagement of our country, to the mismanagement of our agriculture, to the mismanagement of our power generation, to the mismanagement of our education system, to the mismanagement of our industry, to the mismanagement of our lving standards, to the mismanagement of our unity, to the corruption in the government. Why do we forget that all of us know, that it is we who attacked Kashmir first in 1948, it is we who attacked Indian first in 1965 and later again in 1971 and now recently we tried a mismanaged mini-war at Kargill. It is our own Pakistan trained terrorists who keep attacking India and recently massacred 238 people in Mumbai. The Indians simply defended themselves. Who is responsible ? It is certainly ourselves. Not the Indians.

    We blame the Israelis for so called attacks on Muslims. This is a pathetic rhetoric by the fanatics trying to Hijack Islam for their own commercial and political agendas, by mixing and confusing religion with politics. Israel has not done any harm against our religion, as such. They have an issue with the Palestinians and Arabs. A purely political issue. And why do we Pakistanis bother about Arabs ? Do these Arabs finance our needs and our political ambitions ? Have these Arabs ever gone against the Indians during our wars with them – except for lip-service ?

    Instead of wasting our time on idiotic and brainless protests over non-issues, let us work towards issues of importance to Muslims. What Muslims need today is better education, higher educational opportunities for Muslims, education for all Muslim women, development of advanced infrastructures for better irrigation and agriculture, development of clean drinking water, development of decent medical facilities, development of basic housing, development of industries to provide employment, development of fairness and logic in Islam in terms of interaction with other religions, development of a positive image for Muslims etc etc.

    Our development of our own basics will help us. Not foolish protests over cartoons and drawings, which only takes the focus out of our main priorities and further radicalises our Muslim society.

    May 23, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • The Muslim who does not believe in Violence

      Well written Decent Muslim. You are right. We should not waste our time on stupid protests on everything under the sun, just because some brainless Maulana, or Mullah, or Qazi, or Imaam said so. We should expose all our home-grown terrorists and stop financing or helping terrorism. We should be building up our social infrastructures and education. Education in decent schools. Not the horrid Madarasas.

      May 23, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • zazabor

      Your charismatic talk is not very convincing. You always blame somebody else for your own problems. Look at what the muslim world has allowed in their madrases: the teaching of hatred – not love, just hatred, hatred, and more hatred. So, what we are seeing are brainwashed radical muslim terrorists who had twisted values taught to them in the name of your god.

      May 23, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ShaZNaCKz

    hahahahahaha The So-called Pakistani Taliban is not even 0.0001% of the overall Pakistan's population?? How can they be a threat to US?? Another Poo Jam False Flag!!! I smell Zionists here...

    May 23, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. bill

    Fear.

    May 23, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
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